The Ranch

Kindness Ranch is a 1000 acre ranch nestled among the rolling hills of Hartville, Wyoming and is the only sanctuary in the US that takes in all kinds of research animals including dogs, cats, horses, pigs and sheep. Since it was founded in 2006, Kindness Ranch has provided sanctuary to over 350 animals.

The mission of the Kindness Ranch is to provide a sanctuary and place of rehabilitation for animals who have previously been used in laboratory research. Working to rehabilitate dogs and cats in a home-like environment. Cats and dogs at The Kindness Ranch live together with their human caretakers in spacious yurts specially designed to meet their needs. They receive round-the-clock care to help them adjust to their new lives.

The Kindness Ranch also provides an adoption program for all the animals that can be rehabilitated. Most of the animals that come to Kindness Ranch go on to their fur-ever homes, leading happy and fulfilling lives as a family pet. Those who are too debilitated, old or ill to be placed in a loving home can remain on the ranch to live out their days, surrounded by caretakers and volunteers who put the animals’ well-being first.

In many cases when research dogs come to Kindness Ranch, they have never played with another dog or toys, experienced the outdoors, touched grass, been on a walk and they are not potty trained. The rehab program at Kindness Ranch assists these amazing animals through this process, helping them work towards their fur-ever homes.

The Kindness Ranch is a nonprofit tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code

If you are interested in adopting, foster care or volunteering at Kindness Ranch, please contact us! 

Mission

The mission of the Kindness Ranch is to provide a sanctuary and place of rehabilitation for animals who have been used in laboratory research while fostering compassion for all animals.

Consistent with our mission, we work to rehabilitate our dogs and cats in a home-like environment. Cats and dogs at The Kindness Ranch live together with their human caretakers in spacious yurts specially designed to meet their needs. They receive round-the-clock care to help them adjust to their new lives.

The Kindness Ranch also provides an adoption program for all the animals we can rehabilitate. Those who are too debilitated, old or ill to be placed in a loving home can remain on the ranch to live out their days, surrounded by caretakers and volunteers who put the animals’ well-being first.

From the Founder

My name is Dr. David Groobman and I’ve dedicated myself to giving these innocent animals a new life. I founded the Kindness Ranch — American Sanctuary for Research Animals here in the beautiful rolling hill country of eastern Wyoming specifically to rescue, rehabilitate, and find new homes for as many of these retired research animals as possible.

The sanctuary opened in January, 2007 when we brought in our first group of cats, dogs, and other animals. In that short time, our small staff has already worked miracles. Signs of hope and happiness are everywhere.

If you’ve ever had a companion animal of your own, you know the incredible healing power of gentle hands and loving hearts. In the case of research animals this power is especially potent.

And a healing, affectionate home environment is exactly what we provide here.

Cats and dogs at the sanctuary live together with their human caretakers in spacious yurts specifically designed to meet their needs. They receive round-the-clock care to help them adjust to their new lives. The results are amazing.

The air and water are pure here and there’s plenty of room for the animals to run free or to be walked, to graze, to play, and to roll in the grass. And the small, low-impact, energy-efficient wooden yurts shared by the animals, staff and volunteers blend in with the natural landscape to create a sense of peace and safety.

As the sanctuary grows, we’ll be able to rescue, rehabilitated and find loving homes for hundreds of retired research animals each year.

My long-term vision is to be able to accommodate at any one time more than 300 cats and dogs, as well as hundreds of small animals like rabbits and guinea pigs, and dozens of farm animals, including pigs, horses and sheep — all of them rescued from research facilities of one type or another.

When completed the sanctuary will be an animal haven like none other. But to truly make it a reality, I need your help. Please help us to help these precious research animals.

Appointments are REQUIRED in advance to visit Kindness Ranch. Please make appointments with minimum of 48 hours notice to ensure we will be able to accommodate your visit. Thank you!